Three new major-releases hit the box-office this weekend, all hoping to take down “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy 2”. The new releases this week were the horror-thriller “Alien: Covenant,” the young-adult comedy “Diary of a Wimpy Kid 4,” and the romance-drama “Everything, Everything”. While “Alien Covenant” may have had a terrific opening weekend, the film will have to battle the adult-comedy “Baywatch” next weekend, and “Pirates of the Caribbean 5” the week after that. It will be surprising if “Alien Covenant” remains at number-one next weekend, but summer comedies and sequels have failed to wow audiences in the past.
After two-weeks at number-one, and crushing the opening weekend of “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword”, “Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2” fell from the top-spot on the domestic charts this week. FOX’s “Alien: Covenant” took the top-spot instead, bringing in $36M across 3,761 locations nationwide. It was a close win in estimates though, and “Guardians 2” could tie, or win, when the actuals come in on Monday. “Alien Covenant” was directed by Ridley Scott, the film stars Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston and Billy Crudup.
Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” did take second-place on the estimated domestic-charts this weekend, earning $35M while remaining in 4,347 locations. Now in its third-week, the film has grossed over $301M domestically. “Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2” was directed by James Gunn, the sequel stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Sylvester Stallone, Kurt Russell, Sean Gunn, Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper.
Despite lukewarm reviews, “Everything, Everything” landed in third-place with $12M domestically. The film opened across 2,801 locations. “Everything, Everything” was directed by Stella Meghie, and stars Amandla Stenberg, Nick Robinson, and Anika Noni Rose. The Warner Bros. film was based on the book written by Nicola Yoon.
FOX also took fourth-place this weekend with “Snatched,” which remained in 3,511 locations this week. The comedy grossed $7.6M over the weekend, raising the film’s two-week total to just over $32.7M domestically. “Snatched” was directed by Jonathan Levine, the film stars Amy Schumer, Goldie Hawn, and Kim Caramele.
Wrapping-up the top-five this weekend was “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul,” also from FOX. The comedy grossed $7.2M across 3,157 locations. “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul” was directed by David Bowers, the film stars Jason Drucker, Alicia Silverstone and Tom Everett Scott.
As we stated earlier, all of these films will have to battle “Baywatch” next weekend. The film is an adaptation of the once popular TV show, and was directed by Seth Gordon. The comedy stars Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, Alexandra Daddario, Priyanka Chopra, and Kelly Rohrbach.